I started wearing liquid foundation after what I like to call a “cosmetic accident”. I used to rely on MAC’s Studio Fix Pressed Powder to cover my dark spots and acne and thought that liquid foundation would be too much for me.
At that time, I was absolutely sick of my acne and dark spots and decided, after years of treatments of all kinds, to try a more radical (and expensive) solution: laser for my dark spots and Isolaz for my acne. Long story short, I ended up having a bad burn on the right side of my face. The powder foundation wasn’t enough to cover it up, so I got to MAC and asked for help. The MUA at the counter gave me the Select Cover Up Concealer and I discovered a new world in coverage. It covered the burn marks perfectly and, after a few days I started applying it on my whole face. I loved it, it looked more natural than the powder foundation. From that point on started a love story with liquid foundation and I adopted MAC’s Studio Fix Liquid Foundation. I have used it for three years without ever considering trying something else. I then quickly tried some options at Make Up For Ever but never found a better fit than the Studio Fix. Then MAC’s Matchmaster came along and, well, you know the rest of the story.
But recently, I heard a few beauty vloggers talk about Revlon’s Colorstay and PhotoReady foundations. One of them especially shares my complexion (NW45-46) and used the PhotoReady Cappuccino shade. I decided to get it and my first experience with a drugstore foundation ended up being a hit. The Cappuccino shade suits me even better than Matchmaster. It melts on my face and the result is quite simply flawless. It definitely provides less coverage than both MAC’s Matchmaster and Studio Fix but you can build it up to cover up any flaw.
From the brand:
Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup – for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish. – Oil free – Fragrance free – SPF 20
I was quite impressed with the fact that a drugstore brand had the right shade for me seeing that they usually go as dark as Beyoncé. And you know that ain’t much. But I was very impressed by how the color fit me perfectly and I loved the lightweight application and lovely packaging with a nice pump. Only thing I’d like to mention about the packaging girls… I actually broke my first bottle, it fell on the floor and messed up my whole bathroom. Contrary to the glass of MAC’s foundation bottles, this one is quite thin so, hold on tight!
How much does it cost?
I got it for 16.99$ (it was on sale, it’s normally at 18.99$). For 30mL it is very affordable compared to MAC’s Studio Fix which retails for around 37.50 CAD for the same amount of product.
How long does it stay on
It compares pretty well to MAC’s Matchmaster even though I will admit that Matchmaster keeps my skin more matte than PhotoReady. But with L’Oréal’s Studio Secrets Base and set with Avon’s Ideal Shade Loose Powder it does give me a full 4.5 to 5 hour wear. I just need to apply a bit of Blot Powder every now and then and it keeps my face looking fresh and my complexion even.
How to apply it
I use my ELF Studio Powder Brush and dab it all over my face before blending it in circular motions.
Definitely makes me want to see how other drugstore foundations such as L’Oréal’s True Match measure up. Have you tried any other drugstore foundation? Do share your thoughts!